In my bid to sew more vintage patterns I thought I would try something that looks simple, fun and great for summer. In came the '3 1/2 hour dress' that I had seen floating around on pinterest. Let me tell you, the techniques are simple enough, but the tricky thing is making it not look like a shapeless sack. I had almost finished this dress and had tried it on to find that I looked like a less glamorous cousin of the 'Paper Bag Princess'.
I have nearly given up on this dress twice, I have unpicked and re-sewn the bias binding elastic channels at least four times because the placement made me look like a michelin man. I have chopped and re-shaped the bust and put in slits for arm holes. I am yet to create straps or hem it simply because as of yet I do not have the patience. So much work has gone into such a simple dress that I cannot believe it! When I was going to press the bias tape I even dropped the iron on my sewing desk, it made quite a hole....I guess ikea is no match for an iron! :P
As this is just an update to let you know about progress I thought I'd show you some pictures so you can feel my pain too! I can't wait until it's finished and I HOPE that it will be worth it.
One of the many times I tried placing the bias tape
No straps - pinned to a bra on my mannequin
I hope you have all had a lovely week!